Budget Bath Renovation

I have to start this post by tooting my own horn, because I am darn proud of this transformation.  I remember looking at this house and actually hating this bathroom.  That's major considering when I lived in New York City, my bathroom was about 20 sq/ft including the tub, and after I wallpapered and made it aesthetically livable, the ceiling caved in and I had to repaint.  When I looked at the house, I think I hated it so much because, a) we were going to own this bathroom, which we never had before, and b)  it was so big, with such great pieces, yet it felt so lifeless.  I knew a real reno was not in the budget.  So I explored my options and Tim Gunned it (made it work).   

Budget Bath Renovation
Budget Bath Renovation

This makeover was not cheap, but it cost a tiny fraction of  a major renovation and in my opinion brought the southwest, meets classic mishmash into a modern, cohesive place.  The pieces are great, quality and from what I can tell, pretty new, but the patterned tile and what my husband called "high school locker room floor" needed to go!  Here is how the cost of the makeover broke down.  I took about three weekends to get all the painting and labor done, then three months to put the finishing touches together, lol.    

Cost Breakdown

  • paint and supplies : $140 (Rustoleum generously sent three tub and tile kits, I needed four total) 
  • rugs: $200
  • mirrors : $150
  • accessories: $120
  • changing table: $145 
  • sconces (I had the chandelier): $110 

Total: $865

Budget Bath Renovation

Obviously the major work was painting all the tiles.  I am going to go in depth on how to do that in the next post.  I think the hardest choice I made was the gray wall color, which is a warm, soft hue, I explored a few Farrow and Ball colors, but opted with the easy Home Depot choice, Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey, which I am extremely happy with.  

Budget Bath Renovation

As I mentioned before, I knew the floors had to go, so I started with a white base, but wanted to make a statement somehow, so I decided to paint a pattern.  It was pretty tedious, but so worth it and made the painted floors look that much more like actual tile, instead of painted tile. 

Budget Bath Renovation

For my finishing DIY touch, I was inspired by this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.  When I was back at my parent's house over Christmas I combed through hundreds (probably thousands) of photos to find the perfect one for this project.  I enlarged this photo of my grandma (looking totally badass) and embellished her corsage.  I love the way it turned out and the humor it adds to the space. 


wall paint - Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey // white tile paint - Rustoleum Tub and TIle Refinishing Kit // black tile paint - Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network // round mirror - Ikea // long mirror - Ikea // chandelier - vintage from eBay (similar here) // sconces - IndLights via Etsy // Changing Table - Target (actually a bar cart) // plant stand - Ikea // rugs - vintage via ebay (similar here) // wall vases - CB2 // frame for DIY art - Amazon // shower curtain - West Elm // bath towel - Ballard Design // hand towel - Wayfair // tray for products - CB2 // products - & Other Stories // 

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